This could be titled The Burn It All Down issue, just to warn you.
Rembert Browne did a really interesting interview with DeRay McKesson. The interview itself is great & it also made me think a lot about how the questions & depth of interviews change when two people from the same group are the ones involved.
A Washington Post article about the way Ferguson led into the Mizzou protests (which I think helps push back against the idea that these are whiney college students–it becomes clear that Ferguson was a huge catalyst for a number of the activists).
People have been talking a lot about this essay “On Pandering” and with good reason. I think it says a lot of good, important things, but I’m also listening to a number of women of color who feel it has a limited point of view/scope. Still, it’s worth reading if only for the best explanation of the effects of gaslighting I’ve ever seen.
As a result of a Twitter conversation about the pandering essay above, Gwenda Bond linked me to an old article of hers about the canon, which I think is really great. I love and have loved many of the classics, and there’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but I also think it’s important to examine who and what we’re promoting.
Annie Theriault’s essay on “Mental Illness & the Male Gaze” is breathtakingly powerful.
Tying nicely in with Gwenda’s post above, the Reading While White blog had a post about who gets to be a classic, and what we’re doing when we unthinkingly promote the same books over and over. (via Brandy)
This is completely terrifying, as a woman on the internet (but really it should be terrifying for everyone). If you think that MRAs/GG are not dangerous in the real world, reconsider that. (Also the internet is part of the real world, so reconsider that too.)
I found this Atlantic article a really thoughtful critique of maker culture & what/who it’s promoting.
And finally, there was a barf-inducing article in Publisher’s Weekly about yet another white male writer who is coming to save YA from its lady-cooties, by writing a MPDG, OF COURSE. Here’s an older interview with him that made me furious about two lines in. Be warned.
A happy thing or two
Probably most people have seen this cats vs. cucumbers video already, but just in case! I tried it with Wimsey, but he was not scared at all and mostly thought I was being silly.
The lady who bought a front-row seat at a Donald Trump rally & then read Claudia Rankine’s Citizen all through the speech is amazing & a hero.
The in-depth analysis of Han & Leia’s “I love you/I know” exchanges you’ve always wanted.